Jackson County Festival of Wine and Brews set for Saturday

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Looking for something to do this weekend? If so you might want to consider heading to Ewing on the west side of Brownstown for the fourth annual Jackson County Festival of Wine and Brews.

The event, sponsored by Beta Mu chapter of Psi Iota Xi and Masonic Lodge Washington No. 13 with the support from Brownstown Ewing Main Street and the Jackson County Visitors Center, will feature live music from Seymour’s Jordan Richart and Nick Peay of Louisville.

It also will feature Butler Winery of Bloomington, Mallow Run Winery of Bargersville and Carousel Winery of Mitchell and Salt Creek Brewery of Needmore. TJ’s BBQ and Catering also will be on hand.

The festival will begin at 2 p.m. at W.R. Ewing at 1103-05 W. Spring St. It will end at 6 p.m. but that won’t be the end of live entertainment because a free concert is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on Spring Street adjacent to W.R. Ewing.

That concert, sponsored by Brownstown Ewing Main Street and The Peoples Bank, will feature Lonesome Crow at 5:30 p.m. followed by GlamëricA at 6 p.m. Both bands have performed before in Brownstown, Seymour, Vallonia and at other venues in the area.

Arann Banks, who is executive director of the visitors center, said both bands are very popular locally.

Lonesome Crow is an locally based acoustic group that plays all kinds of music from pop to 80s to new country, while GlamëricA plays 80s music.

The festival and concert have been held the past three years, but the after concert was held 30 minutes after the festival ended and at Heritage Park in downtown Brownstown. The decision to have the concert in the street outside E.R. Ewing was easy, Banks said.

"We would lose people after the festival," she said.

If it rains Saturday, both the festival and concert will be moved inside.

Tickets for the festival are $20 if purchased ahead of time and $25 at the door. They are available at Family Drug Health Mart Pharmacy (both locations), the Jackson County Visitors Center in Seymour and from any Psi Iota Xi member.

Banks, who has been involved in the festival since its inception, said it came about as part of the Bicentennial celebration in 2016. 

The event was held at Freeman Field in Seymour that first year and was so successful it was decided to continue it, she said.

"We had a really good turnout and everyone had a lot of fun," she said.

There was good buy-in from the volunteers and the sponsors that year, which included Beta Mu chapter of Psi Iota Six, Masonic Lodge Washington No. 13 and the city of Seymour, and that’s also important to the success of any event, Banks said.

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